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to be married, with an Irish priest to guard her, who says he studied medicines for two years, and after that he studied learning for two years more. I have not brought over a word of French or Italian for common use; I have so taken pains to avoid affectation in this point, that I have failed only now and then in a clii e la ? to the servants, who I can scarce persuade myself yet are English. The country-town (and you will believe me, who, you know, am. not prejudiced) delights me: the populousness, the ease, the gaiety, and well-dressed everybody amaze me. Canterbury, which on my setting out I thought deplorable, is a paradise to Modena, Eeggio, Parma, &c. I had before discovered that there was nowhere but in England the distinction of middling people ; I perceive how, that there is peculiar to us middling houses: how snug they are! I write to-night because I have time; to-morrow I get to London just as the post goes. Sir E. is at Houghton. . . .n
Grood night till another post. You are quite well, I trust, but tell me so always. My loves to the Chutes1Z and all the &c's.
Oh! a story of Mr. Pope and the Prince13:—'Mr. Pope,
11  Passage omitted.
12  John Chute and Francis Whit-hed Esqrs., two great friends of Mr. W.'s, whom he had left at Florence, •where he had been himself thirteen months in the house of Mr. Mann, his relation  and particular friend. Walpole.—The   connexion   between the Mann and Walpole families, referred to by Horace Walpole, has not been   traced.—John   Ohnte   (1701-1776), the last descendant  in  the male line of Chaloner Ohute, Speaker of the House of Commons (1659), was the  tenth  and youngest  child of Edward Chute, of the Vine in Hampshire.   He was educated at Eton and was much abroad until 1746, when he returned to England.   On the death of his brother Anthony,  in 1754   he succeeded  to   the family
estates. John Chute became acquainted with Horace Walpole in Florence in 1740, and they continued, until Chute's death, on terms of tho most intimate friendship. He was Horace Walpole's occasional correspondent, and was a frequent guest at Strawberry Hill, where his antiquarian tastes made him particularly welcome.
Francis Whithed (b. 1719) was of South wick Park, Hampshire. After spending some time on the Continent, he returned to England (1746),and in 1747 entered Parliament as member for Hampshire. He died in 1751 of a chill caught out hunting', to the great grief of John Chuto, who ro--garded him almost as a son.
13 Frederick, Prince of Wales.